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Good Question:What type of tree has been planted along Man O War near the airport?

Last fall many of you sent in Good Questions about trees that went missing along a busy Lexington road.

This spring new trees were planted in their place, but why?

Good Question: Jo Ell-Lexington: What type of tree has been planted along Man O War near the airport?

In most areas of Lexington trees line the roadways, but they can sometimes become a nuisance.

Last fall an area along Man O War near the airport was stripped of the trees, only stumps where dozens of trees once stood.

"There was about 44 Pin oak that had been planted in the 1980s and they were suffering from an insect infestation," said Tim Queary and Urban Forester with the city.

Queary says the trees had become a problem.

"Once the infestation, the insect attacked one it soon spread to the rest," said Queary.

This spring the city planted double the amount of new trees, adding 133.

Species like the Prairie Fire Crab Apple, Bald Cypress and Swamp White Oak.

"We felt as if these three species had the least problems associated with disease and pests."

Queary says folks also need to understand that there are regulations and even restrictions on some trees in Lexington, in fact the city has its own planting manual.

"That actually governs what developers can plant as street trees in the public right away. And also what citizens can plant if they want to voluntarily plant a street tree between the sidewalk and the curb," said Queary.

One of the most commonly planted trees that is not allowed, the Bradford Pear.

Queary says those trees become to spindly and top heavy and often don't stand up to storms or ice.

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